Fold Gallery invites you to a group exhibition featuring work by Betsy Enzensberger, Nestor Toro, Laura Viapiano, and Kelly Witmer. An opening reception will be held on January 23rd from 6-9pm. The works will be for sale at Fold Gallery until April 10th.
“I am a professionally trained painter who gravitates towards abstraction. The creation process of abstract work accesses a unique, subconscious part of my brain that allows hidden emotions to surface. There is a concept of infinity in my art, creating vivid worlds with unlimited, endless boundaries. When analyzing my paintings, the viewer is free to interpret as they please. However, my work is intended to awaken particular human emotions within the viewer.
My current work is a series of lovingly created resins using various mixed media. The process of creating is the most important aspect of my work. Using color, light, and texture, each piece contains a story and a certain set of emotions. Atop wood surfaces, I create new worlds with various mixed media such as glass, gold leaf, mirror, paper, inks, acrylic paint, aerosol, and resin. Ultimately, I strive to create beautiful, meaningful art works that evoke peace, nostalgia, and euphoria in the viewer.” -Betsy Enzensberger
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Laura Viapiano is an abstract painter based in Los Angeles, California. Viapiano creates colorful, abstract work through a process of layering, pulling and scraping oil paint using a variety of squeegees, brushes & palette knives. Each work is accompanied by a carefully decided upon title that often may be interpreted in various, opposing ways. A lover of language as well as color, Viapiano strives to create work that is impactful and subjective to each viewer and demonstrates the power of perspective on shaping meaning and experience.
Laura has shown her work at The Apiary and Think Tank Galleries in Los Angeles and is excited to be joining downtown L.A.’s Fold Gallery for an exhibition this January.
“I am an abstract artist. My hope is that my work will transport the viewer each time they experience them and be taken to a mental landscape of contemplation. One of my biggest influences is travel. Travel opens up your mind and frees the imagination to new experiences. Getting lost in a huge city and exploring. Nature and organic movement such as smoke, water, magnetic fields, even the global migration of animals and the way birds and fish move in unison influence me. Chaos theory and time itself are all influences on my mental process when working on a painting. The dichotomy of randomness and order existing at the same moment are what I try to capture and yet with a complexity that must be there because nothing is really absolute black and white. To view the world in that way is too easy and convenient and as a result too limiting. I create artwork outside the range of most and I explore that grey area that usually goes unnoticed.”-Nestor Toro
Kelly Witmer is a multi-disciplinary artist splitting her time between Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, CA, where she shares a studio with a few goats and several chickens.
Born in a small Amish town in Pennsylvania, Kelly received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with additional studies at Parsons School of Design in Paris, France. She has attended several artist’s residencies as well as creating a program for visiting artists in Joshua Tree, called Rancho Paradiso.
More of a general practitioner than a specialist, Kelly works in various forms of paint as well as printmaking, ceramics, and glass work. She often combines her interests in 2D and 3D with sculptural canvases and installations. Underlying themes are the usual suspects of memory, irony, media, loss and the wonders of nature and science.
Kelly has done several public art commissions through the city of Los Angeles, including a bus stop mural in Echo Park and a mosaic in Eagle Rock. She has taken many private as well as commercial painting commissions, working with designers and art directors for film sets or retail stores such as Urban Outfitters. In 2006 Kelly partnered with a friend to build a two bedroom house from the ground up in Los Angeles, using library books and the internet as guides. This was a chance to learn and think about designing spaces for daily living and maximum use of materials, as well as developing skills in drywalling, woodworking and tiling, which have crossed over into her artwork.
She relishes the challenge of new projects, thoroughly enjoying the research, planning and excuse to work with new mediums.
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